Floods in the Philippines have been ongoing for the last couple of months, now reaching an increasingly threatening position – with World Vision preparing a relief response for survivors in affected areas.
It is estimated more than one million people have been affected already, and 250,000 people have been displaced. The rains are expected to continue for the next two days.
A mass evacuation of hundreds of thousands from parts of Manila and other cities is under way as torrential rain and floods threaten to engulf the capital of the Philippines.
Evacuation centres are already swelling with evacuees as the city struggles to cope with what could be its worst inundation since Tropical Storm Ketsana left the whole city and adjacent provinces under water three years ago.
World Vision staff in the Philippines are already preparing food for displaced people and working with local authorities on what further aid may be needed, such as blankets, containers for water collection, soap, cooking fuel and utensils.
Once initial assessments have been done, World Vision staff in the region - supported by offices around the world - will be able to respond quickly to the needs of people affected by the massive floods.
Teams are assessing communications, roads and rail networks to ensure aid can be delivered, but floods have already blocked many roads.
There is a great risk of water-borne diseases breaking out during flooding, so access to adequate shelter, water and sanitation is pivotal in the early stages of an emergency response.
World Vision currently supports over 6,900 children in Manila, Malabon and Zambales, although no children sponsored by Australians have been reported affected at this stage.
Updates will follow as we have more information.
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